Disinfo: Russia is a guarantor of peace in Europe and the Middle East

Summary

Russia is a guarantor of security. This is simply a statement of fact. It is a guarantor of European security. Secondly, it is a guarantor of Middle Eastern security.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, attempting to depict Russia as a stabilising factor in world politics. Since 1991 Russia has been involved in several international conflicts, including intervention in neighbouring states, such as Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. Many international organisations condemned the Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, e.g. the CSCE statement and the European Parliament's declaration. More information on the Russian invasion of Georgia is provided here. It was also Russia that provoked the war in Ukraine. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government. The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation". Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted the military presence of Russia in Ukraine in 2015. In 2014 Russia also annexed a part of Ukrainian territory - Crimean peninsula. The so-called referendum on the peninsula was organised in a matter of weeks by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership lacking democratic legitimacy and installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. The EU does not recognise it. The United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 68/262, adopted on 27 March 2014 and supported by 100 states, clearly says that Russia's actions in Crimea, as well as the referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, violate international law. Any decision relating to Ukraine's sovereignty or sovereign choices can only be taken without undue external pressure. It can also be noted that the concept of "guarantor of security" is absent in international law.

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  • Reported in: Issue 180
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Middle East, Russia
  • Keywords: Russian superiority, Middle East, Europe
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Ukraine will help the US blaming Iran for shooting down PS752

Ukraine will side with the US, and, following orders of US leader Donald Trump, it will accuse Iran for the crash of the Boeing. The US made a detailed plan for the crash, choosing the Ukrainian plane because it knew the puppets in Kyiv will support Washington. Shooting down the plane was in the US’s interest.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the downing of the Ukrainian flight PS 752. Iran has recognised that its military forces unintentionally shot down the passenger jet. On January 11, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter: “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.” Earlier, intelligence services of Canada and the United States informed that the Ukrainian plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile minutes after departure from the Tehran airport. Find here the EU statement regarding the incident.

Regular flights will be launched between Crimea and Armenia

Regular flights will be launched between Crimea and Armenia from March of this year. The air route between Simferopol and Yerevan will be the first regular international flight service after the reunification of Crimea with Russia. The opening of the regular flights will be a good example for China and Turkey and other countries and airlines. This will also mark the beginning of the first international flights from Crimea. As a result, the international status of Simferopol Airport will be strengthened. // Regular flights are to be launched between Crimea and Armenia from March of this year. Ikar airlines has already received the relevant permissions and approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency for the scheduled flights.

Disproof

Armenia’s Civil Aviation Committee informs that no such discussions were held with the aforementioned airline, no application was submitted. The same information has also appeared in December 2019, but it was refuted by the Civil Aviation Committee of Armenia. Armenia’s Civil Aviation Committee states that no such discussions were held with "Ikar" airways and no application was submitted. Messages about the launch of regular flights between Armenia and Crimеa periodically appear in the Russian, Crimean and consequently Armenian Media. Crimean authorities first started talking about it in 2014, right after the annexation of Crimea. "Grozny Avia" owned by Ramzan Kadyrov, president of Chechnya, said it was ready to launch direct flights from Yerevan to Simferopol. Armenian aviation authorities denied that information.

Poland wages an information war against Russia

The shameful and Russophobic resolution of Polish politicians on the equal responsibility of the USSR and Nazi Germany over the outbreak of WWII once again confirms the fact that the current Polish authorities openingly falsify and revise the history of WWII, they are waging the information war against Russia.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism. It accuses Poland of “the falsification and re-writing” of its history. According to this policy, the official Russian historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting the historical events of the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. On January 9th, the Polish Parliament adopted a resolution “condemning the provocative and untrue statements by representatives of the highest authorities of the Russian Federation attempting to hold Poland liable for the Second World War”.

See similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland - It is thanks to Russia that Poland today exists as a country, Nazi Germany considered Poland its best ally, USSR was forced and reluctant to sign Molotov-Ribbentrop pact.